Justice Woodward also sat on the bench of the 3rd Department; more information can be found HERE.
Justice John Woodward was born on August 19, 1959 in Charlotte Centre, Chautauqua County, NY. He graduated from New York University Law School and began practicing law in Jamestown in 1881. He also served as City Attorney for Jamestown and on the county Board of Supervisors, and was District Attorney for Chautauqua County.
In 1895, Woodward was appointed to the Supreme Court. He was a trial judge for two years until his designation to the Appellate Division, Second Department in 1897 by Gov. Frank S. Black. Justice Woodward requested to be transferred to the Third Department in 1913. He retired in 1922 in order to return to private practice after 26 years on the bench, longer than any other Appellate Justice at that time.
He married Mary E. Barker in 1886 and had two daughters. He died on June 1, 1923 in Atlantic City.
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“Brooklyn Appellate Division.” New York Times 21 Dec. 1897: 2. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2007). Web. 9 Aug. 2012.
“Ex-Justice Woodward Dies of Pneumonia.” New York Times 2 Jun. 1923: 11. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2007). Web. 9 Aug. 2012.
“Former Justice Woodward Dies.” Evening Telegram [New York] 2 Jun. 1923: 6. Web. 9 Aug. 2012. http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html